Review on Cleer Crescent’s Smart Speaker
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We saw, heard and were intrigued by Cleer’s Crescent’s smart speaker at CES in Las Vegas in January 2020, but what about some things – well, just one important thing really – it took more than a year for us to view an example. One thing’s for sure, though: the Crescent hasn’t gotten any less dramatic to look at while we waited.
Even at this heady asking price, there’s quite a bit of choice for wireless speakers, from quite a few brands, and with a decent choice of different aesthetics. However, none of them could ever be mistaken for the Cleer Crescent. So can it go back up those looks, those dimensions and that price with its audio performance? Design
Dimensions: 119 x 660 x 184 mm / Weight: 5.6 kg Immaculately constructed and finished Finishing options: ‘Champagne’ only
There’s not so much an elephant in the room here as a smart speaker. Do you want your music source to be anonymous? Discreet, at least? Look elsewhere.
There’s definitely a hint of the crescent in the way the crescent is designed, but it’s also one of those 3D shapes that almost invites you to give it your own interpretation. Anyway, this is a big and hefty speaker that pretty much needs a shelf for itself. That, in some ways, is exactly what’s great about it.
Of course you determine your own opinion up about what the Cleer Crescent looks like. And since it’s currently only available in one finish – ‘champagne’ – you’ll have to decide if a large gold-aluminum-and-brown smart speaker is the kind of decorative statement you want to make.
However, let there be no ambiguity about the build quality. The Crescent is impeccably constructed, with consistent panel openings and clean finishes throughout. That’s a good thing, considering how assertive it looks.
Wireless: Bluetooth 4.2, AirPlay 2, Google Assistant, Chromecast, Spotify Connect 10 speakers: 8x 40mm full range drivers, 2x 84mm back-firing woofers 114W class D amplification total Ports: 3.5mm, optical, Ethernet
It would be strange if Cleer had limited his maximalist leanings to the way the Crescent looks – and sure enough, the inside of this speaker is almost as striking as the outside.
On the front (which for the purposes of this review is the side of the cabinet that doesn’t contain the mains power or the physical connections) there are eight 40mm full-range drivers arranged in a gentle curve that follows the movement of the aluminum grille. Behind them, and shooting up through the back of the Crescent, are a pair of 84mm mid/bass drivers. There is additional low-frequency activity through a pair of bass reflex ports, one at each end of the cabinet.
Each of the large drivers is powered by 25 watts of Class D amplification, while the smaller drivers are each treated to 8W of Class D. That’s a total of 114W – a figure that looks adequate and at the same time seems a little hesitant compared to the numbers associated with some big, expensive wireless speaker alternatives from Bowers & Wilkins, for example.
Cleer wants the Crescent to sound even bigger than it looks. So it’s used the curvaceous cabinet design and some terrifying digital sound processing to equip the speaker with three listening modes: ‘stere widening’, ‘room filling’ and ‘3D’. They seem obvious – but ‘stereo’, we notice, is not an option.
Getting music on board the Crescent can be done in many ways. There’s an Ethernet jack, a 3.5mm analog input and a digital optical jack on the underside of the back of the cabinet – the optical jack means you can get TV sound into the Cleer quite easily (as long as the speaker is on). none in the way of your TV screen, anyway).
Wireless options are even more numerous: dual-band Wi-Fi, Chromecast, Bluetooth 4.2 and Apple AirPlay 2 are all options, as is Spotify Connect. Pair
Selection of physical controls Google Assistant integrated No remote or control app
No remote control is included with the Cleer Crescent. There is also no control app. What it does have, however, is a fairly short selection of physical controls and Google Assistant compatibility for voice control.
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